Legendary cricketer MS Dhoni scripted history in his first competitive game after a 437-day halt as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned to winning ways against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Regarded as two of the most successful sides in the history of IPL, CSK and MI kickstarted the 13th season by playing out a thrilling contest at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
Dhoni became the first captain in Indian Premier League history to win 100 matches after Chennai Super Kings’ 5-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
Dhoni extended his lead over the rest of the pack after CSK chased down 163 against MI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium to register their first win over Rohit Sharma’s side in over 2 years.
CSK had lost 5 games in a row in the past against MI, which is the only team to have a superior head-to-head record against the yellow brigade. MI meanwhile, have now lost all 8 of their IPL opening matches since the 2013 season.
“We may practice enough but when you go on the field you need to assess the conditions and give it your best. It took us time for the bowlers to find the right length on this pitch. Plenty of positives but still plenty of areas for us to improve.
“In the second half, there is a bit of movement till the dew sets in. If you don’t lose wickets early, you have the upper hand. These are the learnings. Rayudu had a wonderful partnership with Faf. Most of us are retired so luckily no injuries as well. The experience pays off, everyone talks about it,” Dhoni said after the game.
Report: Times Now and India Today